The world is failing its disadvantaged children. Millions will leave the system grossly unprepared for their adult lives. Denise Gallucci examines this crisis and discusses what can be done to avert disaster.
Achievement for All in partnership with Oxford University Press
It is widely recognised that vulnerable children struggle to access learning and experience success at school. With interventions purely designed to move them on with learning they often have difficulty engaging and making progress. Perhaps something else is needed?
Maureen Hunt examines the quality of the reading ‘diet’ children are getting and how important it is for those children from more disadvantaged backgrounds to have rich reading experiences in school. She explores why solely using a phonic based approach is not enough and gives some top tips for teachers to make the reading experience into a metaphorical banquet for children.
There is, sadly, no simple recipe for success in life. But every day we understand more about what the influencing factors are.
Two years into the new SEN and Disabilities system, how do we maintain the changes that are making a difference? A personal view from practitioner Dr Simon Jenner.
This Child File looks at Bullying.
Child File 1: Case Study: An alternative view
Child File 2: Building resilience in children and young people
Testing boundaries may be a normal part of growing up, but many forms of risk-taking behaviours pose serious dangers to young people’s health and well-being. Simon Legrand reports on a new programme which aims to help teenagers understand and mitigate the risks they face in everyday life.
Karen Cromarty explains the role of counselling in schools and gives advice on how this vital service can be provided.
Children need the tools and the confidence to stop being victims. Claude Knights of Kidscape, explains how to go about it.
Karensa Leith reports on Kinderly - the award-winning early years app for digitally recording early learning journeys and sharing with parents.
Are we getting Education,
Health and Care Plans right?
Agencies are still failing to act as integrated teams providing coherent plans. Penny Barratt suggests a way forward.
Blackpool FC Community Trust aims to educate, motivate and inspire people
of all ages to build a better life for themselves and unite communities all
over Blackpool. The Blackpool FC Community Trust is the official charity to
Blackpool Football Club, which provides a range of flagship programmes that
inspire people from all walks of life to make a positive change.
Children as young as six can write off maths as a subject they dislike and just can’t do. Louise Matthews writes about an intervention which is designed to recover the subject for these children.
Research has uncovered some disturbing information about cyberbullying among children with SEND, reports Dean West.
To combat bullying we really need to understand what it is and the role school culture has in sustaining or diminishing it, writes Professor Sonia Blandford.
Saying no to bullying is common across schools and other educational settings in England. But could they do it better?
Speech, language and communication needs are the single most prevalent need among children with SEN, whatever their diagnosis—and the impact, should this need remain unaddressed, can last a lifetime. Bob Reitemeier, Chief Executive of children’s communication charity I CAN, examines the stakes.